Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the bird sanctuary is spread across 14 acres. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the S iberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal...
A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia. In addition, you can get thrilled of the native kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under rookeries of egrets and night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers...
Pathiramanal (sands of midnight), an enchanting island on the lake, can be accessed by boat from here. This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island can be accessed only by boat. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary...
Attractions of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons..
Bird lovers can also take a boat trip to the nearby Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal to watch local birdlife and migrants which could easily be more than a hundred species.
A dedicated bird sanctuary is a rarity, but Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Kerala is an exceptional ecological conservation project. Migratory birds have chosen this wonderful place over others since it has an ambience that is perfect for bird life.
Long back this very place was known as Baker's estate since it was owned by an Englishman. He himself turned this into a bird sanctuary and today it is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India.
Ornithologists around the world wonder as to how this place has evolved into a unique sanctuary for birds. They come here for observational projects as well as research work on birds. It is located close to the Kavanar River that has enhanced the overall beauty of this place.
Facilities around Sanctuary
The Vembanad Lake is a star attraction of this bird sanctuary. There are plenty of leisure trips available in this resort that can be availed by the tourists. There is ample scope for proper accommodation in and around the sanctuary. A number of resorts namely Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom, Golden Waters, Waterscapes and Coconut Lagoon have been built over the last few years. These resorts have the capacity to provide quality accommodation to the tourists along with adequate security.
Motor boating along the lake would be a very enjoyable experience and one can witness very rare sights of avian habitats. Fishing facilities are also available at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary; this is another special attraction for travelers. Many fishing enthusiasts would love to visit this place due the sheer availability of fishes and the license to fish! One should visit this place during the monsoon season since this particular season allows fishes to thrive very well.
Bird watching is better experienced during the months of monsoon and the months of winter. One can choose either of the two seasons to pay a visit to this rare destination to get a better view of the bird sanctuary. Houseboats are another major attraction on this particular bird sanctuary. They have a leisurely ambience that can be enjoyed at night. It may be considered as a night safari through the silent waters.
There are a number of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary tour packages with various options and offers. One can avail these tours in case they want to avoid unnecessary hassles during their travel. These packages are available online and there are plenty of flexible options available for the tourists. Some of these conducted tours cover various other national parks located in adjoining areas. Some focus only on the bird sanctuary rather than other nature parks.
Best Time to Visit
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary enjoys tropical climate throughout the year. There is moderate temperature throughout the year. Cool and fresh breeze makes even warmest months bearable. Temperature is cool between November and March and is best time to watch migratory birds in a pleasant setting.
The best time to bird watch is between June and August. To watch Migratory birds, November to March is the best time.
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